Bouwmeester’s stock rising … Sens offer for Nash was better … Senators and Flyers options … Leafs deal could be on horizon

  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s stock is on the rise as he may be the top defenseman available. The Red Wings have lost Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. The Flyers are looking for a defenseman, though Bouwmeester doesn’t really fit their mold. The Blues could use a veteran like Bouwmeester. The Oilers could be a fit as well. Bouwmeester has a no-trade clause and doesn’t appear interested in waiving it. The Flames currently have 9 defenseman on 1-way contracts, 10 if you include T.J. Brodie. The Flames may be interested in dealing away Anton Babchuk’s $2.5 million contact.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators offer for Rick Nash was better than what the Blue Jackets got, but he didn’t want to go to Ottawa. They offered Robin Lehner, Nick Foligno, Mika Zibanejad and a draft pick. The Blue Jackets could have had Joe Pavelski from the Sharks but it doesn’t look like they wanted to trade within the Western Conference. The Senators may now be looking to go another direction. They may not want to go down the Alexei Kovalev road with Alexander Semin. It’s believed the Sens have talked to the Ducks about Bobby Ryan. The Stars may be looking to move Brenden Morrow. Daniel Alfredsson has indicated he’s planning on playing, and sources say they may be working on a 1 year extension.
  • Rob Rossi via twitter: Rossi confirms that the Penguins haven’t talked to the Wild about a trade involving Pascal Dupuis and Paul Martin as part of a package for Dany Heatley.
  • Howard Berger via twitter: One of Berger’s “bird-dogs” insisted that the Maple Leafs are working on bringing in goalie help, a deal could be on the horizon. Maybe Jonathan Bernier?
  • Adam Kimelman of The Flyers defense still needs to be addressed, and addressing it internally may be their best option. Bruno Gervais will compete with Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning for the final blueline spot. Matt Gilroy is the highest scoring UFA on the market, 20 points in 67 games last year. RFA options could be Michael Del Zotto, John Carlson, Dmitry Kulikov and P.K. Subban. The Flyers have a top 6 spot open and are looking at Shane Doan. Other UFA options could be Alexander Semin, Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott. The Ducks are listening to offers for Bobby Ryan, but they’d likely want Sean Couturier and/or Brayden Schenn, 2 players the Flyers have no interest in parting with.


  1. Jeff

    July 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Flyers make an offer to Subban?

  2. bb

    July 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

    is bouwmeester a cob of corn?!

  3. Mark Easson

    July 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    He was a cob of corn for a bit. If only twitter allowed editing

  4. BLAH

    July 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Wow Berger pretty much said that the leafs are doing something that involves someone and is close to a deal

  5. Dan

    July 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Dregger confirmed that the Leafs are currently NOT holding discussions with the LA Kings at all, let alone about Johnathan Bernier, and at least 2 or 3 times a week someone comes out and reminds us all that Burke has no interest in another rookie goalie. With Scrivens and Reimer, he needs a vet… bringing in Bernier does nothing to solidfy that group.

  6. BLAH

    July 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Dreger is going against everything everyone else is saying, Berger and Multiple others are saying this is almost complete.
    Also remember that burke said he wasn’t going to trade Schenn when he was obviously talking to the flyers GM(we all know way happened there). Burke isn’t exactly truthful which seems to be most GM’s favourite tactic.

  7. Jared

    July 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I’d think the Flyers would be better served with an RFA offer to Del Zotto or Carlson.

    I can’t see Subban being liked by the Philly massive. I’d say he’s the second-most hated player in Philly (after Crosby)

  8. AJ

    July 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Actually, Dreger was the first to report that the Leafs might be close on a Bernier deal, he just added Burke had told him he was not even in talks with L.A.

    I’d be careful with those offer sheets if I’m Philly and wouldn’t piss off all many other GMs, the might come back haunting you say when Schenn, Giroux and Couturier are RFAs at the same time.

  9. LGNYR

    July 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    If Holmgren sends MDZ an offer sheet I will find him and kick him in the balls

  10. Shea Weber

    July 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Dreger also said Nashville wouldn’t be matching Weber’s offer sheet…tell me how that turned out.

  11. AJ

    July 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Dreger said he felt, as well as most in the business, that NSH wouldn’t match.
    There was no info leak at all, so we’re talking about intuition, not bad reporting.
    Many-many more people were wrong about it, not just Dreger.
    I’m not a particular Dreger fan, I acknowledge his work however, but don’t twist the words.

    Anyway, a nice one Shea! Now go back to off-ice workouts, you’ve gained a little extra weight sitting home and thinking of the dough.

  12. Shea Weber

    July 26, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Eh, you would think an “expert” would know that a team would want to keep the best Defencemen in the game, regardless of how much money it is. Go on, try to tell me how Nashille has no money, blah, blah. I knew all along that I would be in Nashville the rest of my career.

    Anyway, nice joke AJ. Please tell me how much weight I’ve gained when I’m kicking ass and taking names this season and holding the cup above my head. Hope I didn’t twist those words…

  13. AJ

    July 26, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Ehhehe, good luck with that, I’ll be the first to congratulate! 😀